Mary Poppins Returns
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An exquisitely crafted, brilliant, confusing, disordered, maddening, and wonderfully flawed film that tries to show life as it is lived.
It creates the lived-in sense of being in the world of the characters.
Bouquet and the waterways of Venice are the chief charms of Téchiné's movie, which is otherwise one of his less convincing efforts.
What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters.
[Unforgivable] sets out as an account of unusual lives, finishes as a portrait of a society -- one that lives between the conventional and the openly low.
It's clearly the work of a master storyteller, conveying a rich, novelistic sense of character and a poetic feeling for the passing of time.
What isn't very good is the meandering story that has so many points to make that it makes none. Luckily, there is a romantic ending, but how could there not be - it's set in Venice, after all.
Francis's fluster-as evinced by Dussollier and nurtured by Téchiné-makes for a pleasure both subtle and mildly sadistic.
Techine's latest is rich in emotional intrigue
Though the movie lasts a reasonably brief 107 minutes, Téchiné is in no hurry to reveal his characters. We're still learning about them in the last few scenes, and our loyalties and attractions change.
Flat and a bit stale, like the characters. Not one of Téchiné's finest.
Unforgivable is a bit too relaxed to function as a thriller. Though admirably unpredictable, its plot is also spread thin among these fickle lovers.
In "Unforgivable," Francis(Andre Dussollier), a famed author, is looking for a quiet place in Venice to do some writing, so Judith(Carole Bouquet), a real estate agent and art expert, suggests a nearby island. After thinking about it, he says he will take it if she moves in with him. Despite having doubts about sharing a bed with a man, a year and a half later they are married when his daughter Alice(Melanie Thierry), an actress, and granddaughter Vicky(Zoe Duthion) come to visit. All goes well until Alice disappears. First, Judith checks with Alvise(Andrea Pergolesi), a shady bit of nobility, before employing her friend Anna Maria(Adriana Asti), a semi-retired private detective, to take the case.
If the movie "Unforgivable" has one thing going for it, it is the city of Venice which been filmed many times before, but not quite like this as it smartly explores the dividing line between tourist and resident. Outside of its setting and the very fine acting, the movie has more than its share of flaws, starting with the derivative jealousy storyline involving Judith's past and present, although I do like the line about her turning others on but nobody turning her on which definitely reminds of me of a former friend. And then there are the other tangents in this rambling narrative which at least serve in the telling the intriguing story of this extended family, of which Anna Maria is the most interesting and ironically given the shortest shrift. What would have worked better is a more compact narrative in a controlled structure.
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